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4 must-know facts for health leaders about value-based models

As pressure increases to speed the transition from the fee-for-service model to value-based care, a new report provides four lessons that healthcare leaders can use to maximize quality and value.

What to do if your office is subject to a fraud investigation

Since the 2009 formation of a partnership between the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services dubbed "HEAT"--the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team--raids on medical practices are a regular occurrence, and several large-scale "nationwide takedowns" have resulted in coordinated, simultaneous office raids from coast to coast. 

Report slams WHO for Ebola response

The World Health Organization's slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa demonstrates the need for substantial reform within the agency, according to an initial report by an independent panel of experts.

3 ways physicians can curb painkiller abuse

If there is any silver lining to the opioid abuse crisis, it's the way it's inspired creative solutions to address the problem. Here are three techniques that most physicians can adapt to serve their own patients' unique needs while reducing the risk of prescription drug abuse and dependence.

HHS tells insurers they must cover all contraceptive methods

Insurers must provide coverage of all kinds of contraceptive methods for free for their members, the Obama administration announced Monday. The guidance comes after reports that insurers weren't complying with the Affordable Care Act's requirement that they pay for contraception for female members.

State senators: Poor interoperability = taxpayer fraud

A pair of Connecticut state senators say that the lack of interoperability between electronic health records systems "amounts to taxpayer fraud" and call for passage of a bill that would levy civil fines against those found guilty of information blocking in an editorial published Saturday in the  New Haven Register.

ACA will cost Kentucky hospitals $7B

Kentucky is the first Southern state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the healthcare reform law has Bluegrass State hospitals in dire straits, according to a new report from the Kentucky Hospital Association.

Public health lessons from the Ebola outbreak

Even as the Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa last year winds down, healthcare's response to it may have profound long-term implications for the industry, according to a series of articles in The Lancet.

Train practice employees to spot a cyberscam

​With cyberattacks now the leading cause of healthcare data breaches, according to a new study from the Ponemon Institute, practices of all sizes must train employees on how to protect sensitive information. 

Hospital violence: Why ERs are most vulnerable

As an uptick in violent incidents in healthcare facilities spawns a range of emergency preparedness plans, hospitals looking to tighten security must recognize that emergency departments are especially vulnerable, security experts said in a  Healthcare Finance News article.